I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer" - Benjamin Franklin
The text that you are about to read are the author's personal thoughts and opinions so don't get upset if you don't like it.
Yesterday the Health Care Reform Bill that the president Obama pushed very sternly was passed in the US House of Representatives and now it is a big deal in the US about this. Some are happy and supporting this act and some are protesting and are very much against it. Now, I'm not a very political person, and I'm not American, so I don't care so much about Democrats or Republicans or things like that, but I must comment about one thing that bothers me.
As I understand, very simply, one of the main things is that the new healthcare system will cover extra 35 millions Americans with health insurance. That means that the taxes will go up and that the wealthy will have to pay bigger taxes. And suddenly a lot of people are going crazy and are protesting against this. And among this people are millions of middle/upper class Christians raising their voice against this reform.
But there is one thing that I don't understand. Why are people so upset if more people are covered with healthcare insurance? Is it because they feel that they have earned hard their own money and they don't want their taxes to go for people who don't work and live from the social help? Or is it maybe because most of those 35 million people will be black and hispanic? Just asking. Are their brains so washed by the merciless capitalistic mindset? Americans are paranoid when it comes to Socialism, a system they have never experienced, and think that Obama is trying to make USA a socialist country. Is that maybe a mindset inbuilt in their minds from the cold war? What is wrong with the western european countries who are also in some way socialist, especially Scandinavia? Are they aware that USA has one of the cruelest healthcare systems in the world? Just asking. Or is it just because it's Obama, and he is bad cause he is a democrat?
And in Benjamin Franklin's statement, however good it sounds for human ears, I just don't see the God that I follow.